Being a teenager is hard. They need our help!
Do you remember those teenage years? We do too! It is easy to feel overwhelmed and alone, but Teen Lifeline exists to equip, encourage and empower teenagers to live life better. Get involved in one of the following ways:
Why Support Groups?
We believe that Support Groups offer teenagers a safe place to ask questions, receive the emotional support they need, and develop healthy peer and mentor relationships.
If these support groups do not exist, teenagers are going to continue to fall between the cracks. Instead of complaining about the current state of our culture, let’s encourage, equip and empower this next generation to make better choices.
# of students helped during 2015-2016 school year
# of trained Teen Lifeline facilitators
We were so thankful to have Teen Lifeline available to meet with our students. With more demands on the school counselor’s time, it is great to have a reliable option for help with our students. We are already thinking about how we want to use TL next year.Dawson MS Counselor
It has been a great blessing to walk beside these kids on their turf, to equip them with some tools to help break the generational cycles of self-esteem, relationship, and spiritual poverty, and to assist them in casting a vision on where they want to be and how they might get there.Jacob
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As I sit in a hotel lobby in West Hollywood, I realize I am really out of my element. I gaze at the mismatched furniture, eclectic mix of old paintings and antique armoires, fixtures from what seems like the Victorian era, and understand the world might have passed me by a bit. This ain’t the Red Roof Inn. I’m attending a speaking workshop where the presenter is helping us understand that speaking material is all around us. He talks about the “speaker’s lifestyle” of walking a half step slower than everyone else and just noticing the interesting and noteworthy things surrounding us.read more
Athletics are a huge part of many teenagers’ Middle School and High School experiences. This episode, Chris and Karlie are joined by former NFL player, Ryan Young, to talk about how to raise, coach and develop successful students athletes. There is a place for balance and growth in the context of adolescent athletics. Join us for a great conversation about how to make the most of those teenage athletic years!read more
Dating violence is something we often hear about but don’t know what to do. Surely I don’t know a teenager in an abusive relationship! In this episode, Carrie Gurley defines dating violence and gives tips for how we can become more educated and better prepared to walk teenagers through difficult relationships. Aren’t sure where to start with dating violence? Don’t panic!read more
“Just be yourself.” “Don’t let anyone tell you who to be.” This is simply bad advice. This mentality puts teens on the defensive rather than empowering them to work at becoming who they can be. If you are pushing back on this already, consider this engagement story and how it is probably different from ones you normally hear. I asked my wife to marry me, and she said no. What did I do? I left her in a field in West Texas, hoping she would never find her way back to town. Okay, not really, I waited. And in just a few minutes she came back over to me, apologized, and said she did want to marry me. I was so happy. I was happy because I had not asked her to marry me only because I felt like it, I asked her because I had made a decision. I wasn’t hanging my future on feelings that can change in minutes or seconds. I was grounding my future in a decision that was made after multiple conversations with many trusted advisors. That decision has proven to be the right one because I continue to make it every day.read more
Did you ever take the home phone into your bedroom? Or write notes at school and hide them in a box under your bed? I remember texting friends and deleting certain messages (as if it wasn’t obvious what I had done). This is not a new concept. Teenagers crave...read more
A few months back, our team at Teen Lifeline took an assessment that looked at our motivations. Many assessments focus on personality, but I loved this one because it looked past our tendencies and helped us understand what drives us to succeed – and why we get frustrated in our pursuits. This assessment really pegged me. There were a few key motivations that came to light but one really caught my eye. Improve.read more